“Our fabled anniversary ale, B2 Bomber is back to help celebrate our 17th birthday! For this year’s 12th edition, we have re-created B2’s revered Imperial Belgian Black IPA base, with the addition of some new world CRYO hops. And for all the B2 lovers out there, we’ve put together an ultra special B2 deluxe pack!”
Appearance: Matte black pour with a frothy three finger head which lasts. Beautiful lace work down the glass as we hook in.
Aroma: It’s unbelievably smooth and silky for a big 10% beast. At first it’s all about the oily and slightly dank piney hops mingling with the roasty/charred malts. Then the Cryo Sabro kicks in with its classic dried coconut, orange citrus and minty herbal qualities. The Belgian yeast also features with its musky, candy-esque sweetness and bubblegum. Excellent aroma with lots of depth and complexity.
Flavour: Ooopht! Just like the aroma it’s crazy smooth and effortless for its size. It’s actually all really well balanced…the roasted malts, the herbal, citrus and coconut-infused hops, the Belgian yeast, all of it comes together with a flutter of warmth from the booze. Some citric/pithy notes through the middle setting up for a toasty, bitter and slightly dank finish.
Mouthfeel: Slick, oily and coats the palate nicely. Mild-moderate Co2, medium body. The 10.1% ABV is pretty well behaved too.
Overall: Another impressive addition to this brilliant series. They’ve obviously overcome the carbonation issues they were experiencing a couple of years ago and it appears that it’s onward and upward from here!